Labeling of clothes in nursing homes

If you live in a nursing home or assisted living facility, or if you are a family member, we recommend labeling clothes and other belongings. Especially clothes should be labeled with names and possibly room numbers.

Assisted living facilities often have shared laundries where residents share washing machines and dryers. In nursing homes, clothes are often washed for the residents who do not have the ability or resources to wash their own clothes. Regardless of the situation, you avoid confusion and mix-ups if the clothes are labeled with names. When clothes are labeled with names, you also avoid any negative feelings, as there is never any doubt about who the clothes belong to.

The easiest way to label clothes with names is with name labels. The name label is a small sticker that you can attach to washing instructions or labels inside the clothes. It is a soft and elastic sticker that does not irritate the skin.

Do you often wash at high temperatures?

If you have clothes that are only washed at temperatures of 60 degrees Celsius or higher, you should consider using iron-on labels. The iron-on labels are extremely durable, and it is nearly impossible to remove them once they are attached to the garment. You can place the iron-on labels exactly where you want them on the garment, such as in the back of the neck or on the waistband of pants.

Put your name on towels and bed linen

It is also wise to label towels and bed linen. For this type of textiles, iron-on labels are the most suitable choice. Towels and bed linen are usually always washed at temperatures higher than 60 degrees Celsius and are often dried in a dryer. It is also easy to attach the iron-on labels to a discreet spot, such as on the inside. With the iron-on labels, you are not dependent on there being a label in the clothes that you can attach the name label to.

Remember to label what you use in common areas

It is not only clothes and textiles that should be labeled. Other personal belongings brought to the common areas of the nursing home, such as mobile phones, glasses, headphones, books, games, and other items, should also be labeled. You can create your own stickers at Ikast Etikett, which you can design yourself. You can also customize the size and shape to fit your belongings perfectly. It can also be wise to add your phone number to your stickers. This way, others can easily contact you if your belongings are left behind somewhere.

Things you can label:

  • Mobile phone
  • Chargers
  • Laptop
  • Knitting needles
  • Books
  • Medication containers
  • Hats and caps
  • Gloves, mittens, and scarves
  • Footwear
  • Games
  • Water bottles

Use icons

For elderly people who do not remember as well anymore, or individuals with cognitive impairments, it can be helpful to receive assistance in recognizing their belongings. For some, it may be helpful to add a picture to the name labels, which they can easily recognize. This can be a good idea for people who do not read that well and who understand symbols better. Make sure to choose a symbol that means something to the person. At Ikast Etikett, you can upload your own figures, images, and icons to get the right symbol on your name labels.

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